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5/26/2015 | Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

5/26/2015 | Lester, Scherzer face off in series finale at Wrigley

Chicago manager Joe Maddon has been around the game for a while in both leagues, but that didn't stop him from calling Nationals starter Max Scherzer's pitching "as good as it gets."

5/26/2015 | Russell delivers game-winner to beat Nats

Addison Russell's walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.

5/26/2015 | Rendon plays three innings in sim game

Anthony Rendon is making progress from a sprained left knee and left oblique injury, playing a three-inning simulated game at extended spring training on Tuesday.

5/26/2015 | Werth's return to lineup remains unclear

Left fielder Jayson Werth rejoined the Nationals on Tuesday, but is still not ready to swing a bat as he recovers from a wrist injury.

5/25/2015 | Taylor's flying catch highlights Nats' OF work

Tanner Roark and four relievers provided the pitching, and Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper provided the defense. That was a successful combination as the Nationals posted a 2-1 victory over the Cubs on Monday to improve to 17-5 in May.

5/25/2015 | On the spot: Unselfish Roark provides big lift

After winning 15 games with an earned run average of 2.85 in one season, most pitchers would throw a fit if they were unceremoniously dumped from the starting rotation the next season and relegated to a supporting role in the bullpen. Tanner Roark, though, is not most pitchers.

5/25/2015 | Riding shutout high, Hendricks duels with Zimmermann

Kyle Hendricks will be looking to build on his momentum when the Cubs host Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals on Tuesday night in the second game of the three-game series.

5/25/2015 | Nationals outhomer Cubs in opener at Wrigley

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will see a lot of each other in the near future, as they play seven games over two weeks. In their first meeting, the Nationals struck first, edging the Cubs, 2-1, on Memorial Day at Wrigley Field.

5/25/2015 | Remember when? Harper, Bryant meet again

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and traveled in many of the same baseball circles as young players. But personality-wise, the two Major League rising stars almost appear as if they're from different planets. Bryant is mostly quiet and reserved, while Harper is not.

5/24/2015 | Rendon to play in simulated game Monday

Anthony Rendon had a Sunday morning workout at Nationals Park and didn't have any problems. He took grounders at second base for the third consecutive day and took batting practice in the cage.

5/24/2015 | Fister hopes to start throwing soon

Doug Fister, who is on the disabled list with right forearm tightness, said he is feeling better and hopes to start throwing soon.

5/24/2015 | Harper comes through in clutch to down Phils

Bryce Harper showed Sunday afternoon that he doesn't have to hit the long ball to look like "The Natural." Harper drove in two runs and made a great defensive play in right field in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies.

5/24/2015 | Gio cruises after wiggling out of tough spot

For a brief moment in the fourth inning, it appeared as if Gio Gonzalez might flash back to his poor outing from a week ago. But unlike then -- when the former 21-game-winner cruised through three innings before hitting a roadblock -- Gonzalez powered through the hiccup and pitched into the seventh inning of Washington's 4-1 series-clinching win versus Philadelphia.

5/24/2015 | Nationals recall Jordan, send down Cole

Right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals announced Sunday. Righty Taylor Jordan has been recalled in the corresponding move.

5/24/2015 | Roark set for spot start against Wada, Cubs

On Monday, Tanner Roark will fill in for injured starter Doug Fister and make his first start since last September against Tsuyoshi Wada and the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

5/24/2015 | Timely hits, strong Gio lift Nats over Phillies

Bryce Harper continues to be a game-changer for the Nationals as he drove in two runs in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. The Nationals improved their record to 26-18.

5/23/2015 | Janssen throws perfect frame in Nats debut

After spending almost two months on the disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis, right-hander Casey Janssen made his Nationals debut Saturday and pitched one perfect inning in an 8-1 loss to the Phillies at Nationals Park.

5/23/2015 | Strasburg roughed up again by Phillies

Saturday's start against Philadelphia was the latest chapter in Stephen Strasburg's disappointing 2015 campaign. The former first overall pick lasted 3 2/3 innings and was roughed up for six runs, five earned.

5/23/2015 | Rendon to travel to Florida for sim games

When the Nationals travel to Chicago on Sunday night, third baseman Anthony Rendon will head to Viera, Fla., for a few days and participate in simulated games, according to manager Matt Williams.

5/23/2015 | Nationals visit Little Leagues in Washington

Gio Gonzalez and Clint Robinson spent one hour Saturday morning talking to members of Washington's Northwest Little League and facing all the hard-hitting questions.

5/23/2015 | Roark to make first start on Monday vs. Cubs

Tanner Roark's first start of 2015 will be Monday against the Cubs, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced on Saturday.

5/23/2015 | Gio, Harang set to square off in rubber match

Aaron Harang will make his 10th start of the season on Sunday afternoon for the Phillies. Harang, whose ERA (1.82) and WHIP (0.98) are significantly lower than his career best for a full season, will face Gio Gonzalez.

5/23/2015 | Phillies' bats, Hamels end Nationals' streak

Left-hander Cole Hamels proved to be too much for the Nationals, who lost to the Phillies, 8-1, at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.

5/23/2015 | Marquee bills pitching as Hamels, Strasburg duel

A pair of All-Stars will face off in the second of a three-game series between two of the National League's hottest teams. Cole Hamels, who has been one of baseball's best pitchers over the past three weeks, is tasked with cooling off the Nats, who have won six straight games and 18 of their last 22.

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